Saturday, August 17
Trump Admits to Russia ‘Helping Me to Get Elected’

Trump Admits to Russia ‘Helping Me to Get Elected’

Politics
WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday acknowledged for the first time that Russia helped “me to get elected,” and then quickly retracted the idea. “No Russia did not get me elected,” Mr. Trump told reporters as he departed the White House to travel to Colorado Springs. He spoke less than an hour after his Twitter post. The original comment, a clause in one of several Twitter posts this morning, is an extraordinary admission from Mr. Trump, who has avoided saying publicly that Russia helped him win the presidency in 2016 through its election interference, something American intelligence agencies and federal prosecutors have long asserted. Russia, Russia, Russia! That’s all you heard at the beginning of this Witch Hunt Hoax...And now Russia has disappeared because I had nothing
Pedro has become the first player ever to win five of football’s biggest trophies

Pedro has become the first player ever to win five of football’s biggest trophies

Sports
Chelsea finished the season in style with a 4-1 win against Arsenal in the Europa League final. The Blues had already secured Champions League football for next season with a third-place finish in the Premier League, so adding some silverware should be seen as a successful campaign. After all, they did much better than last night's opponents, who will be playing in the Europa League again come September. But despite the circumstances, it seems Unai Emery's job is safer than Maurizio Sarri's. Football is a strange game, right? After all, Sarri's has just won the first trophy of his managerial career, 14 years after starting out in Serie B. And he wasn't the only person in Chelsea's camp to make a bit of history on Wednesday. Pedro, who scored in his side's 4-1 win, became ...

Boris Johnson, favorite to be Britain’s next PM, to face court for alleged Brexit lies

Politics
The leading candidate to succeed Theresa May as British Prime Minister has been ordered to appear in court to face allegations he lied to the public during the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign. A judge at Westminster Magistrate's Court in London ordered that Boris Johnson, a former UK foreign secretary, must face a private summons on three counts of misconduct in public office. Johnson, who was the high-profile face of the Leave campaign, is accused of falsely claiming that Britain's membership of the European Union cost £350 million ($442 million) a week. The claim was plastered on the side of a bus that toured Britain during the tightly fought campaign that resulted in a 52% vote in favor of the UK leaving the EU. "Having considered all the relevant factors I am satisfied th
Lightning Strikes Russian Rocket During Satellite Launch

Lightning Strikes Russian Rocket During Satellite Launch

Science
A bolt of lightning struck a Russian Soyuz rocket during a satellite launch Monday (May 27), but did not hinder the booster's trip into space, Russian space officials said. The lightning strike occurred during the launch of a Glonass-M navigation satellite from Russia's Plesetsk Cosmodrome about 500 miles (800 kilometers) north of Moscow at 9:23 a.m. Moscow time (0623 GMT). In a statement, officials with Russia's space agency Roscosmos announced that the rocket successfully reached orbit. "Lightning is not an obstacle for you!" Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin wrote on Twitter while congratulating the Glonass-M launch team and military Space Forces. He shared a wild video of the rocket as it was struck by lightning.   A Russian Soyuz 2.1b rocket is struck by
Last male Sumatran rhino in Malaysia dies

Last male Sumatran rhino in Malaysia dies

Animals
Malaysia’s last male Sumatran rhinoceros, Tam, has died—a serious blow for the critically endangered species, which is already extinct in the country. Discovered poking around an oil palm plantation in 2008, Tam was captured and transferred to the Tabin Wildlife Reserve in the state of Sabah. Efforts to breed him with two female rhinos—Puntung, captured in 2011, and Iman, captured in 2014—proved unsuccessful. With Puntung’s euthanization in 2017 due to cancer, Iman is now the nation’s sole remaining member of its species in Malaysia. Due to decades of habitat loss and poaching, fewer than 80 Sumatran rhinos are thought to exist in the wild, most on the nearby island of Sumatra. The rest are scattered across Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo. Sumatran rhinos are s